Sunday, September 26, 2010

Aafia Siddiqui does not need tears or sympathy - she needs a Khaleefah to defend her honour

It comes as no surprise to hear that the daughter of the Ummah of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم has been sentenced to 86 years in prison in a Manhattan court. The leader of the ‘civilized' world, the United States of America conjoined with its slave, Pakistan, has displayed an abysmal show of justice. One perhaps should not be wholly surprised at such a sentence, for this sham of a trial epitomises everything that is flawed with the War On Terror.

The fact that Bagram airbase, Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib (amongst others) carried out systematic torture and rape amongst the prisoners is no surprise as Capitalism has a degenerate tendency and will refer to extreme measures to maintain its global stranglehold. The same can be said of other man made systems for Communist Russia was renowned for its brutal tactics against political and ideological opponents. Furthermore, the Jahilliya of Quraishi society unleashed its wrath upon the noble Sahaba (RA) because there aspirations were to make the deen of Allah Swt the highest. Bilal ibn Raba (ra) would have huge rocks placed on his chest and yet would still shout, ‘Ahad! Ahad!'. Ammar ibn Yasir (ra) would be whipped with such ferocity that blood would flow out of his body. Upon seeing this scene, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم wept as he could not intervene but said words that softened his heart and strengthened his resolve.

‘Oh family of Yasir, have patience for your reward is Jannah!'

Therefore, one must not overlook the fact that the trials and tests that afflict the sons and daughters of this Ummah at the behest of the kuffar are of no fundamental difference to the actions taken by the Quraishi leaders all those centuries ago because, like the Quraish, the current rulers of today have been unable to intellectually counter the revival of Islam so the most horrendous and heart rendering forms of torture are employed.

Aafia Siddiqui (May Allah give her sabr) is not the first to suffer because she is a noble Muslimah, for the first martyr in Islam was Syeda Sumayyah Bint Khabbab (ra) who was tied to the floor and Abu Jahl killed her by stabbing her in the private parts, simply because she upheld the truth, that Allah سبحانه وتعالى is one and Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is his Messenger.

It is therefore imperative that one views the farcical trial against sister Aafia as part of a global concerted effort against the deen of Allah سبحانه وتعالى - an effort that is designed to extinguish the light of Islam from this dunya. One doesn't need to give countless examples of how the dictators of the Muslim World are backed by the West, how occupation of Palestine is tolerated and condoned, how squandering of Muslim wealth is overlooked and how hideous modes of torture are practiced under the guise of extraordinary rendition. As Muslims, we know our realities all too well, however, the sad fact is that there are countless men, women and children weeping in the dungeons of the tyrannical rulers because they have nobody to protect them and Aafia Siddiqui is suffering and experiencing the nasty brunt of having no protection.

Overview of events leading to her incarceration

In March 2003, Aafia was arrested by Pakistani agents and at the behest of the traitor Pervez Musharaf, was transferred to Bagram airbase in Afghanistan where she received American hospitality that included physical abuse, torture and rape which she endured for years. At this point, she came to be known as the ‘Grey lady of Bagram' as her screams and sobs could be heard throughout the night due to rape and torture.

Her imprisonment was denied by both Pakistani and American agencies until media reports brought her case to the surface, at which point she was conveniently regarded as being involved in terrorism and a fictitious story was mustered against her claiming that she wrestled a rifle off a U.S soldier and attempted to shoot at American soldiers.

On 7th August 2008 an article in the The News exposed some of the treatment Aafia had been subjected to whilst in American custody.

one of her kidneys had been removed

her teeth had been removed

her nose had been broken, and improperly reset

her recent gunshot wound had been incompetently dressed, was oozing blood, leaving her clothes soaked with blood.

In August 11, 2008, a Reuters report stated that she had appeared at her court hearing in a wheelchair, and that her lawyers pleaded with the judge to make sure she received medical care. Elizabeth Fink, one of her lawyers, told the Judge:

"She has been here, judge, for one week and she has not seen a doctor, even though they (U.S. authorities) know she has been shot."

Such accounts would bring tears to anybody with an ounce of Iman in their heart. However, the stark reality is that tears are not going to help sister Aafia. In order to understand this point better, one needs to deeply reflect upon a particular time in history when a Muslim woman was captured by the Romans in a place called Amuriyyah. Not content with only capturing her they tried to dishonour her as well. Frightened and alone she called out the name of the Khaleefah, "[Ya Mu'tasim] Oh Mu'tasim." A man witnessed this incident and rushed to the Khaleefah informing him of what had happened. When he heard the plight of this woman he responded bravely, "Labbaik [I am here at your call]." It is narrated that he was drinking water from a cup and upon hearing the news that a woman was shouting his name, he immediately put the cup down and commanded to deploy a massive army to retaliate against the Romans.

Another profound example of such competence is the response of Hajjaj ibn Yusuf Ath Thaqafi to the cries of men, women and children who were captured by pirates as a Muslim merchant ship was sailing back from the Indian coast. They were taken inland to Sindh and imprisoned. Hajjaj was the Umayyad governor of Iraq and when reports reached him of this incident, he wrote to Raja Dahir (ruler of the region) demanding that the captives be released and the responsible pirates punished but Dahir refused. This refusal led to warfare as it was the responsibility of the Khilafah to protect its citizens. Hajjaj dispatched an army of 7,000 seasoned cavalrymen under one of the greatest Generals, Muhammed bin Qasim, a man of the tender age of 17. Despite the fact that Hajjaj was well known for his tyranny, he still felt the need to send an entire cavalry to free the prisoners. It makes one wonder how down trodden the Muslim rulers have become, as they do not even utter a word of condemnation or threat at the appalling way sister Aafia has been treated.

We pray to Allah سبحانه وتعالى that he revives this noble Ummah once again and brings forth a man from amongst us who will carry the shield of Khilafah and protect the vulnerable and the oppressed amongst us. Ameen,

"The Imam is like a shelter for whose safety the Muslims should fight and where they should seek protection." [Sahih Al Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 204]

Kashmir: Asia's Palestine

Kashmir has once again made the global media headlines as civil unrest has gained momentum and is now into its fourth month. Whilst demonstrations in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir are nothing new, the current unrest has been simmering ever since a student was hit with a gas canister on June 11th protest in Srinagar, resulting in his death from injuries sustained.

Ever since, protests have intensified and confrontations with the security forces have been occurring daily. The situation has deteriorated to such an extent that Srinagar airport was closed for the first 15 days of September.

Historically this region has always had protests. An insurgency organised by Pakistan and led by Jihadi groups was the norm in this territory. Such actions were driven by the need to remove Indian occupation. However these prolonged protests have seen civil unrest for the whole summer, it has also claimed the lives of over 80 people.

Kashmir: Past and Present

The British Empire divided the Indian Subcontinent's 565 provinces based upon the demographic make-up. Whilst Kashmir was inhabited by an over whelming majority of Muslims. The Hindu Maharaja joined India against the will of the Muslim population. Thereafter conflict began on the right over Kashmir.

A 1948 UN resolution enforced a ceasefire requiring the withdrawal of both Pakistani and Indian forces in preparation for a referendum, in which the people of Kashmir would decide their final future either with Pakistan or India. The resolution provided no basis for there to be a third choice on the ballot paper of an independent Kashmir.

Pakistan's policy on Kashmir was always that Kashmir was wrestled from them and the return of this land would be achieved in a referendum which would prove that Kashmir with 80% of its population being Muslim an inseparable part of Pakistan. This formed the basis of Pakistan's Kashmir policy. Pakistan accepted the 1948 resolution as inevitably the Muslims would want to be part of Pakistan.

Nehru's India rejected the plan and refused to withdraw its troops. Ever since, the Indian government has consistently distanced itself from a firm commitment to hold a referendum on the territory. The Indian policy has been one of working towards a bilateral solution to the problem of Kashmir and the negation of UN resolutions. The position of the past and present Indian governments has been of a bilateral solution under the Shimla Agreement of 1972 as well as the Lahore Declaration of 1999 and not according to the five decade old UN Security Council resolution. Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said about the UN resolution "The UN Security Council has dealt with this matter over five decades ago. Since then the political, economic, social and demographic realities have changed beyond recognition."

In 2003, General Musharraf began the abandonment of the right of Kashmir for a referendum and liberation from India. This development was significant because no ruler of Pakistan dared to speak directly with India over a resolution for Kashmir. In June 2003 visiting Camp David, Musharraf explicitly announced that his visit had approved a road map to solve the issue of Kashmir and added his readiness for concessions. In order to bolster the relationship with India and to facilitate Indian transition towards a regional bulwark, the US changed its policy towards Kashmir. This was to appease Indian demands to reject UN resolutions and to increase pressure on the Pakistani government to concede to a bilateral solution to Kashmir. The American shift in policy towards Kashmir was because of US desire to solve the issue of Kashmir by favouring India and sidestepping the UN. Pakistan was told to abandon the UN resolution once the war on terror began and the US increased its leverage over Pakistan. Ever since, the Pakistani government, fell obediently into line with the US.

Indian Atrocities
Successive Indian governments have used brutal methods and tactics to maintain their grip on occupied Kashmir. Due to the geography of the area India claims, it costs India much more than Pakistan to continue with the conflict. Maintaining supplies to the Indian troops stationed on the Siachen Glacier costs New Delhi $1 million a day. For these reasons India has historically taken a no-nonsense approach to dealing with indigenous attempts to undermine Indian writ.

In 1990 India implemented the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). This was a special law that allowed Indian armed forces and security personnel to enter homes at will, detain individuals who are potential suspects, arrest without warrant and the use deadly force against suspects - in essence a permanent state of martial law. The law also gives Indian troops immunity in court. Indian forces have continued to randomly set curfews and used shoot-on-site orders.

This is why violent demonstrations alongside curfews take place on an almost daily basis. There is a constant sense of tension on the streets of Srinagar and other towns in Indian-administered Kashmir.

In India, both the ruling Congress Party and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party issued statements calling for peace in the region. Manmohan Singh emphasized that the "only path for lasting peace and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir is that of dialogue and discussion." By emphasising India's willingness to peacefully resolve the situation, Singh is trying to undo damage to India's image by the near-daily reports of Indian soldiers injuring or killing Kashmiri protesters. An India that attracts global finance and investments looks bad when images of rioters whether in Kashmir or Hyderabad take to the streets.

Historically India's blamed militants for any attacks in India or Kashmir. It would use this to clamp down on the Muslims under its authority and to create opinion about Pakistan's apparent link to terrorism. However Pakistan under Musharraf under orders by the US abandoned the Kashmiri Jihadi groups and the Kashmiri cause.

What we are witnessing is civil unrest due to India's failure and inability to take care of those under its authority. This is a general problem India's has with all its minorities. This failure is what results in India's brutal methods.

Like Palestine, Kashmir has been neglected by the Muslim rulers. Even Pakistani rulers have attempted to abandon the Kashmiri cause. What Kashmir needs is another Muhammad ibn al-Qasim to liberate the oppressed Muslims of Kashmir.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Uncovering the American-Iranian deception

This article is written by Brother Abid-Mustafa

On Sunday 19th September, in an interview on ABC's "This Week" programme, Mr Ahmadinejad said, "If the US administration truly wishes to alter its policies in Afghanistan, and in Iraq, and to move in a direction that serves the interest of the people of those two countries, we are always open to cooperation, as we are now."

Iran's offer of assistance to America over Afghanistan comes at an important juncture for the Obama administration. America's armed forces are stretched, NATO is extremely reluctant to contribute more troops and the Pakistani army is overwhelmed by the flood crisis. But why does Tehran want to extend cooperation, given America's recent efforts to impose fresh sanctions against Iran. Equally perplexing is Tehran's proposal to help America stabilize Iraq. One would have thought that instability in Iraq and America's inability to pacify the Iraqi resistance suited Tehran. But the converse appears to be the case.

Also during the interview Ahmadinejad appeared very keen to discuss Iran's nuclear programme with the "P5 Plus One", a negotiating forum comprising the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany. "I think we will have a plan to discuss things," he said. Again, the terms of P5 Plus One are very clear- Iran must renege on its nuclear ambitions and pry open its nuclear programmes to foreign observers-yet despite such harsh conditions the Iranian leadership remains steadfast in its quest to engage the P5.
So why Iran does wants to squander its gains from America's predicament in Iraq and Afghanistan, and furthermore engage with the P5 to give up its nuclear programme? How can such overtures be explained.

If one accepts the axiom that deception is an essential tool employed by nations to secure their interests then the present inconsistencies in Iran's behavior can easily be explained.

Over the past 5 years, the bellicose nature of U.S.-Iran relations has followed a well trodden trajectory, and the tiff over Iran's nuclear programme and the ascendency of Ahmadinejad has played a pivotal role. That is to say fiery rhetoric employed by Washington and Tehran interwoven with covert collaboration between the two, has resulted in America consolidating its presence in the region. The pacification of Iraq and Western Afghanistan, new security arrangements with the Gulf countries, weapon sales for the beleaguered American military companies to Israel and Saudi Arabia, impetus behind the deployment of U.S. missile shield programme in Europe are some of the benefits accrued by U.S. policy makers through a vicious web of lies to hide America's relations with Iran.

Now with American troops withdrawing from Iraq to boost the Democratic Party's flagging fortunes at home, and America facing stiff opposition in Afghanistan, Tehran-its most trusted surrogate in the region-is stepping up efforts to bolster American endeavours to subdue the upward resistance in both countries. This is the reason behind Ahmadinejad's gambit to extend full support to America.

For America to fully utilize Iran's support in the region, the Obama administration has to placate Israel's concerns over Iran's nuclear programme and curb Israeli efforts to attack Iran. In the past America has snubbed Israeli advances to attack Iran. America played down Israel's show of air power over the Mediterranean a few months ago, and has refused to sell it the powerful GBU-29 bunker-busters bombs. Today, America is still trying to restrain Israel, and is working to find an amicable solution to the Iranian nuclear programme that is acceptable to all parties. Unlike the Israelis egged on by the Europeans, America does not want to weaken Iran by facilitating a military strike, as it damages American interests. Tehran's desire to restart negotiations is a way to help America extricate itself from Iran's nuclear quagmire. Ironically, it is Tehran's to Washington together with America's reliance on Iran that provides ample ammunition to uncover the decades old American-Iranian deception that haunts the region. Ahmadinejad's so called expressions of concern for the people of the region are wicked lies aimed at deceiving the ummah by consolidating America's hegemony over her and denying her the return of the Caliphate.

September 20 2010

The Struggle for Turkey

What is going on in Turkey?

On September 12th 2010 78% of the Turkish electorate voted for constitutional reforms in a referendum. The referendum resulted in 58% of the public voting for the reforms and 48% against.

Erdogan's AKP party - Turkey's ruling party submitted a package of constitutional amendments to the parliament on 30th March 2010. The changes were passed in parliament in late April and early May 2010 with over 330 votes, below the two-thirds majority of 367 votes needed to pass them directly, but enough to send them to a referendum. This referendum was held on the 12th September 2010.

The current constitution was installed via a military coup in 1980. However the military and other secular institutions have been in control since the Khilafah's destruction in 1924. The 26 article amendment package, introduces a number of reforms which will alter the balance of power in Turkey. Whilst the package introduces a number of new laws from economic and social rights to individual freedoms the most controversial are the removal of article 15 which gave immunity to the army. It also includes major changes to the structure of the Constitutional Court, the High Council of Judges and Public Prosecutors, the two key institutions of the Turkish judicial system and secular republic.

Under the proposed changes, the Constitutional Court will have 17 members instead of its current 11 members, and the Turkish Grand Assembly (of which the AKP has a majority) will be able to choose three members to the Court from among the candidates proposed by the independent bar associations.

Ever since Erdogan became Prime Minister in 2003 he has worked to alter the balance of power in Turkey. One of his earliest actions was to curtail the jurisdiction of the National Security Council in interfering in government. Erdogan altered the composition of this council to include civilian members. The National Security Council comprises the Chief of Staff, select members of the Council of Ministers and the President of the Republic - who is also the Commander-in-chief. Like other National Security Councils it develops national security policy.

In 2007 massive demonstrations took place as many Turkish nationals believed secularism was under threat with Erdogan possibly standing for the post of president - a post regarded as the guardian of the country's secular system. The AKP party in the end put forward its foreign minister Abdullah Gul as a candidate. The fact that Gül's wife wears the Hijab, as well as his own history with Islam, turned the elections into a political crisis. The election result was declared void by the constitutional court on the grounds that a quorum of two-thirds was necessary and was not reached due to a boycott by opposition parties.

The AKP party then called a snap election which was held in July 2007. The general election saw it returned to government with a larger proportion of the vote.

Who are the players in the struggle?

The crisis is between Kemalist secularists led by the armed forces, who have been losing ground especially since they lost the ability to appoint their recommendation for the president in the 2007 elections (Another AKP amendment). Such secularists believe the republic is under threat by Islamists who have a hidden agenda to change Turkey into an Islamic State. On the other side there are the pro-American Pragmatists who are working to remove the influence of the secularists in the judiciary and the armies influence in national politics led by Erdogan.
Why are the army and secularists against such moves?

Since the AKP came to power it has worked to weaken the army's hold on Turkey and worked to expand the government's penetration of the National Security Council. In the name of democratisation the ruling justice and development party (AKP) has been pushing through reforms. Atilla Kart, a member of the Constitutional Commission and a Konya representative of the main opposition Republican People's Party told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review: "The presidential system, according to [the ruling party's] understanding, will bring an uncontrollable single-man administration. Judicial freedoms will become even less protected. That system will bring suspicious developments in the name of democracy; such a system would not be suitable for Turkey.

The AKP party is currently well on its way in reversing the military's disproportionate power and restricting its role and making it accountable through the courts. The Judiciary is also having its independence limited since the government can now make changes to the composition of the members of the Judiciary. The outcome would present a transformation of the judiciary, long seen as a staunch secular bastion. It would give the government more control over appointments to Turkey's highest court, the constitutional court, and the powerful Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors, which currently appoints most senior judiciary officials.

This battle reached boiling point in 2007 when the military and secular elements tried to ban the AKP through the courts, claiming that the AKP contradicted the secular constitution. This extreme reaction was in response to the AKP easing restrictions on veiled women inside universities. Secular elements fear not only losing control of Turkey but are also staunchly against any Islamic sentiments entering public life.

The secularists accuse the AKP of having an Islamic agenda, is there any truth in this?
The Secularists continue to claim the AKP are in favour of Islamic law. Erdogan and Abdullah Gul have wives that wear Hijab and both have attempted to relax Turkey's current ban on the hijab in public institutions.

However aside from allowing Islamic lessons and an ‘easing' not abolishment of the oppressive hijab law, there is little other evidence of the AKP's inclination to Islam.

Relations between Israel and Turkey have deepened under the AKP. A number of Turkish officials viewed the Marmara flotilla incident as an experience between "two friends."

Additionally since the AKP has come to power, there has been a clear plan to bring Turkish legislation in line with European Union legislation, culminating in the legalisation of adultery.

The AKP has also grown closer to the US. Turkey has become indispensible to America, coming to America's aid in its time of need in Iraq. Turkey has also protected American interests in Iran and the Middle East. Turkey has played a central role in the indirect negotiations between Palestine and Israel, aiding the progress towards the two state solution. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said in a speech on Iran: "Turkey and the United States were of the same opinion regarding the Islamic republic. We do not want any countries to possess nuclear weapons in our region, and we want a solution for Iran's nuclear problem through diplomacy."

Ever since Abdullah Gul and Recep Tayyip Erdogan left the Virtue party and formed the Justice and Development Party under the leadership of Erdogan, they both began cementing ties with America. Whilst many reforms have been introduced to break the armies hold on power the centrepiece of the AKP's strategy was the ‘Shared Vision Document' signed between the Turkish and American government by Abdulla Gul and Condoleezza Rice on 5th July 2006. The meeting confirmed: "The strategic vision document confirms Turkish-US consensus to translate our shared vision into common efforts through effective cooperation and structured dialogue."

Is there any international dimension to the conflict?

Turkey's assertiveness in international issues has not been without outside help. Traditionally Turkey was a British ally. Mustafa Kemal aligned the secular republic after destroying the Khilafah, with the West and primarily with Britain. The decline in British prowess after WW2 and the rise of the US has seen Turkey join NATO and act as a bulwark against Soviet Expansion. Currently Turkish foreign policy positions around the world are all in tune with US interests. In the Middle East Turkey has played a central role in giving life to the peace process. Stephen Larrabee, Corporate Chair in European Security at the RAND Corporation said regarding Turkey's role in the Middle East: "Turkey's new activism is a response to structural changes in its security environment since the end of the Cold War. And, if managed properly, it could be an opportunity for Washington and its Western allies to use Turkey as a bridge to the Middle East."[1]

In the Caucuses Turkey has been a bulwark against Russian expansion to secure its periphery. Turkey is also the alternative route to circumvent Russian energy dependency for the West. A US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing entitled The United States and Turkey: A Model Partnership under the chairmanship of the Head of the Subcommittee on Europe, Robert Wexler, was convened following the historic visit Obama paid to Turkey in April 2009, concluded that, "This cooperation is vital for both of the two states in an environment in which we face serious security issues in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, the Balkans, Black Sea, Caucuses and the Middle East, besides a global financial crisis."[2]

This is why the US has a keen interest in the outcome of this struggle as Turkey will play an important role in extricating the US from Iraq and containing Russia in the Caucuses and Eastern Europe.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Burning of the Qur'an in America: The abuse of Islam cannot be stopped unless we re-establish the Islamic Khilafah State

An extemist group of American Christian-Zionists called the ‘Dove World Outreach Centre' has launched a campaign to publicly burn copies of the Qur'an al-Kareem on September 11th 2010.

The disgusting and jahil act is to be condemned absolutely. But it is proof once again that the Islamic Khilafah State is needed today more than ever to protect this Deen.

The illegitimate regimes in the Muslim world continue their close slavish relationships with Western governments despite the continued abuse of Islam in Western countries. They have done nothing in the face of the anti-Islam propaganda by Western governments in their ‘war on terror'. Zardari in Pakistan continues his cooperation with America's war in Afghanistan. Saudi Arabia is looking to sign further defence contracts with the US.

These corrupt criminals - whether dictators or democrats - whether professing to be custodians of Islam or secularism - were silent when the offensive cartoons attacking Allah's beloved Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم were printed or circulated on the web; they did nothing during the attacks upon the Qur'an made by Geert Wilders from Holland or when the Qur'an was desecrated by US troops and in Guantanamo Bay; they have been silent while European governments ban the Muslim woman's dress and minarets in Europe.

The Book of Allah, the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم and the Muslims themselves have become easy targets for abuse, maltreatment and vilification in the world today due to the absence of the Islamic Khilafah State. Consequently people like these hate-filled extremists as well will continue to feel they can act with impunity against Islam and Muslims.

So too will Western politicians, who are the ones who have created this climate of hatred, while they have tried to deflect attention away from their own destructive, murderous and colonial foreign policies as the cause for instability and terror around the world. Allah tells us about such people when He سبحانه وتعالى says:
بَلِ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا فِي عِزَّةٍ وَشِقَاقٍ
"Yet the disbelievers are steeped in arrogance and hostility." (Surah Saad 38:2)

America, Britain, France and other countries have a deep history of interference in Muslim lands - and elsewhere - for their own strategic and corporate interests: invasion, occupation, leaving behind conflict and division; the support for dictators and puppet regimes who oppress their people; the exploitation of the natural wealth and resources of the land by their multinational companies.

When people have opposed this, they have labelled them as ‘extremists' and ‘terrorists' in order to justify continuation of the same policies, and demonise Islam for political reasons. When Muslims complain about the lies and vilification of their Deen they say that we have to become Westernised - just like Christians who have accepted the abuse of the Bible and Esa عليه السلام, so too must Muslims accept abuse of the Book of Allah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم.

This disgusting act of bigotry epitomizes the savagery of the West's war on Islam. And it is further proof that secular liberal nation states are prone to violent xenophobia and unable to tolerate the presence of diversity in their states. By contrast Islam teaches Muslims not to abuse their religions - even though we know they are false and irrational.
وَلَا تَسُبُّوا الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ فَيَسُبُّوا اللَّهَ عَدْوًا بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ ۗ كَذَٰلِكَ زَيَّنَّا لِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ عَمَلَهُمْ ثُمَّ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِمْ مَرْجِعُهُمْ فَيُنَبِّئُهُمْ بِمَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ
"Do not curse those they call upon besides Allah, in case that makes them curse Allah in animosity, without knowledge. In this way we make the actions of every nation seem attractive to them. Then they will return to their Lord, and He will inform them about what they did." (Surah An'am 6:108)

The Islamic Khilafah (Caliphate) treated non-Muslims with dignity, and protected their beliefs. Sir Thomas Arnold in his book ‘The Call to Islam' states: "We have never heard about any attempt to compel Non-Muslim parties to adopt Islam or about any organised persecution aiming at exterminating Christianity."

But these events should not deter the sincere dawah carriers who are working for Islam. In the first 13 years of his mission in Makkah, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم faced slander, and insults, and violent abuse. But he persisted in striving for Islam until Allah favoured him with a victory in the form of an Islamic authority in the city of Madinah. Then Allah exchanged the insults and mockery with respect and dignity.

وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِهِمْ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ دِينَهُمُ الَّذِي ارْتَضَىٰ لَهُمْ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُمْ مِنْ بَعْدِ خَوْفِهِمْ أَمْنًا ۚ يَعْبُدُونَنِي لَا يُشْرِكُونَ بِي شَيْئًا ۚ وَمَنْ كَفَرَ بَعْدَ ذَٰلِكَ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ
"Allah has promised those of you who believe and do good works that He will surely make them succeed (the present rulers) in the earth as He did for those who were before them; and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He has approved for them, and will give them in exchange safety after their fear. All this because they worship Me alone. They ascribe no thing as partner unto Me. Those who disbelieve henceforth, they are wrong doers." (Surah Nur 24:55)

The Muslim world now desperately needs a leadership that will stand for Islam, defend the Qur'an and the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم from slanders and insults; and that will work to end the continued colonisation and occupation of the Muslim lands.

We call upon all Muslims to work with Hizb ut-Tahrir to remove the corrupt puppet rulers in our lands and establish the Islamic leadership, the Khilafah in their place.
وَلَا يَحْزُنْكَ قَوْلُهُمْ ۘ إِنَّ الْعِزَّةَ لِلَّهِ جَمِيعًا ۚ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
"Let not their speech grieve you: for all power and honour belong to Allah. It is He Who hears and knows (all things)" (Surah Tawbah 10:65)

Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain

30th Ramadhan 1431 / 9th September 2010

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Urdu Audios

Alhamdullilah the da'wah carriers working for the re-establishment of the Khilafah continue to give talks , presentations & write and translate articles and books into various languages. A new site has been created where audios related to Islam and Khilafah will appear in the Urdu language:

Monday, September 06, 2010

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America: FBI agents invited to the masjid

Muslim leaders are debating the wisdom of inviting FBI agents to mosques to provide protection at a time of rising anti-Muslim rhetoric and debate about the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero. The issue surfaced Tuesday as word spread of a Nashville mosque's decision to host two FBI agents at a prayer service last Saturday night. The agents discussed the investigation of a fire, suspected to be arson, at a planned mosque in nearby Murfreesboro, a project that has also triggered vehement opposition. The agents then silently observed prayers from the back row. "I don't think it's really appropriate to station agents in mosques," said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington. "It has a chilling effect on a house of worship, and we would have concerns that agents would also be gathering information on ordinary worshipers." The dispute reflects the tensions between the FBI and some Muslims since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The FBI has reached out to Muslims but also tried to keep tabs on their community, staying alert for signs of terrorist plots. A coalition of leading Muslim groups last year threatened to suspend contacts with the bureau over what it called inappropriate infiltration of mosques.

German Central banker attacks Muslims in his book

Thilo Sarrazin is a respected economist, a member of Germany’s Socialist Democratic Party (SDP) and a member of the executive board of the Deutsche Bundesbank. He is also the author of the blatantly racist book Abolishing Germany, which has sent shockwaves across the Germany since its release on Monday. Sarrazin does not mince words: his country’s very existence is threatened by Muslim immigration. The immediate results of his book are massive sales, a central bank and SDP scrambling (unsuccessfully) to cut ties with the man, and a seemingly inexhaustible feast for the German media. In one chapter of the already infamous book, Sarrazin warns that unless Germany steers itself back on course “libraries will become mosques.” In Sarrazin’s view, Germany is a business, one that has failed to integrate immigrants, who in turn have become inefficient employees. In 2009, Sarrazin, then Berlin’s finance chief, caused a storm by declaring that “Turks are good for nothing, and only produce veiled women.” The Social Democrats considered giving Sarrazin the boot last March, but little has been done as yet to this end.his Islamophobic views have found an audience among some segments of the German population. Sarrazin’s publisher has announced that the first edition of the book has already been sold out thanks to advanced orders.

Vatican dismisses Gaddafi’s call for Europe to convert to Islam

The Vatican says it is not taking Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi’s comments about Europe’s conversion to Islam seriously. Col Gaddafi said Islam should “become the religion of all Europe” upon his arrival in Rome on Sunday. The secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Evangelisation, Archbishop Robert Sarah, has dismissed the comments as a “non-solicited provocation lacking seriousness”, according to Agence France-Presse. “To speak of the European continent converting to Islam makes no sense, because it is the people alone who decide consciously to be Christian, Muslim or to follow other religions,” he said.

It would have made more sense for the Vatican to remind Col Gaddafi about his failure to implement Islam at home than offer a rebuttal to the conversion of Europeans to Islam.

Iran says continued presence of U.S. troops in Iraq “unacceptable”

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that the partial withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq is not “acceptable.” Talking to the reporters in his weekly press briefing, Mehmanparast said that the continued presence of the U.S. troops in Iraq under different pretexts, such as training Iraqi forces is “not acceptable.” This indicates that the U.S. officials have not done serious measures to pull out their forces from Iraq, said Mehmanparast. “The U.S. officials statements over the pullout of their troops are contradictory, since the U.S. President Barack Obama had said it would pull out U.S. forces from Iraq but they are continuing to keep part of their forces in the country, he added.

US deaths in Afghanistan hit record in 2010

The number of US soldiers killed in the Afghan war in 2010 is the highest annual toll since the conflict began almost nine years ago, according to an AFP count Wednesday.A total of 323 US soldiers have been killed in the Afghan war this year, compared to 317 for all of 2009, according to a count by AFP based on the independent website.Foreign forces suffered a grim spike in deaths last month as the Taliban insurgency intensified, with Nato confirming on Wednesday that a sixth US soldier was killed on one of the bloodiest days this year.At 490, the overall death toll for foreign troops for the first eight months of the year is rapidly closing in the number registered in all of 2009, which at 521 was a record since the start of the war in late 2001.US President Barack Obama on Tuesday warned that the United States faced a “very tough fight” in Afghanistan, with more casualties and “heartbreak” to come.“We obviously still have a very tough fight in Afghanistan,” Obama told troops in Texas as the United States marked the formal end of combat operations in Iraq.“We have seen casualties go up because we are taking the fight to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban,” Obama said. “It is going to be a tough slog.”

IMF exploits the floods to pummels Pakistan

The International Monetary Fund continues to insist on more tax and energy sector reforms within the current fiscal year, despite its concerns about the impact of the 2010 flood on Pakistan’s economy, officials say. Pakistan’s talks with the International Monetary Fund on loan restructuring and emergency assistance for flood victims entered a decisive phase on Monday as the two sides began their policy discussions. Officials familiar with the talks told Dawn that Pakistan would have to implement tax and energy sector reforms within the current fiscal year if it wanted to continue an $11.3 billion loan arrangement negotiated in 2008. The IMF also wants Pakistan to grant full autonomy to the State Bank, as it pledged while negotiating the loan arrangement with the fund. A document released by the IMF on the occasion of the talks indicates that the fund is not satisfied with Pakistan’s pre-flood performance.

September 6- 2010